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Hospitality Exchange, the event for everyone who works in the hospitality industry, is back in the Ramada Plaza Belfast on 18th & 19th October. Whether you own, manage or work in a hotel, B&B, pub, restaurant, museum, airline or coffee shop: if you’re interested in developing and want to tap into innovation to drive business, then Hospitality Exchange is where you need to be!

Tuesday 18th October


Create, Cook, Serve
10.00 | £35

Create: Erik Van Der Veken
Cook: Daniel Clifford
Serve: Derek Bulmer
Promote: Aine Kearney, Tourism Northern Ireland
Compere: Pamela Ballantine, UTV

The ever-popular chef’s kitchen will feature demonstrations by two-star Michelin chef, Daniel Clifford, and master chocolatier, Erik Van Der Veken.

Also on the menu is former Michelin Guide editor, Derek Bulmer, with his tips on restaurant service and his views on emerging food trends.

Cook - Daniel Clifford
Chef patron of two-Michelin starred restaurant Midsummer House in Cambridge, Daniel Clifford is widely regarded as one of the most inventive and gifted chefs of his generation. Renowned for his modern British cooking, underpinned by an unmistakably French style, Daniel reinvents British classics using the finest local produce.

Promote - Aine Kearney, Tourism Northern Ireland
Aine is the Director of Business Support and Events at Tourism NI. NI’s Year of Food and Drink 2016 has been a celebration of everything delicious about this place, putting food and drink at the heart of the visitor experience. The year has focussed on partnership working to create memorable and unique food experiences that help differentiate Northern Ireland on a global platform, drive visitor satisfaction and support economic growth.

13.00 | £15
Something a bit different from the Ramada kitchen for Tuesday’s casual lunch.


Marketing Masterclass
14.00 | £35
Hospitality expert, Prof Rob Kwortnik, is flying in from New York’s Cornell University to deliver this tailored session! You may think marketing is for other people – Rob is here to change your mind.

9.00 – 17.00 | FREE
Over 40 exhibitors will be on site showcasing innovation within the industry at this free exhibition, which is open from 9am – 5pm. Check out the latest products.

Wednesday 19th October


Business Breakfast
8.00 | £20
Join our team of industry experts who will provide an insight into the current business climate.

Talking Tourism
10.30 | £25

Speaker: Gareth Hetherington, Ulster University
Interviewees: John McGrillen, Tourism Northern Ireland & Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland
Panelists: Una McMahon-Beattie,Ulster University; Bill Wolsey, Beannchor Group; Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh, OMC Travel & Tourism and Kate Sherry, Ryanair
Compere: Mark Simpson, BBC

This session will explore topical issues and current challenges including "Brexit and beyond" from a tourism stance.

Attracting the visitor and promoting Northern Ireland will be the focus of a conversation between the Chief Executive of Tourism Northern Ireland and the Central Marketing Director of Tourism Ireland.

The economic outlook will remain on the agenda with analysis from the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre, examining the critical role of the sector in a post-Brexit, new Programme for Government era.

An industry panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities that these uncertain times bring.

9.00 – 14.00 | FREE
The free exhibition with over 40 exhibitors is open from 9am to 2pm, so just pop in whenever you want.


Speaker Lunch
13.00 | £35
Economy Minister Simon Hamilton MLA will give a keynote address on the industry’s role in the Programme for Government, the new Tourism Strategy and rebalancing of the economy.


The Posh Pumpkin Party
19.30 | £75
The infamous Gala Ball will have a posh pumpkin theme, an autumnal menu and entertainment with a country twang.

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You can easily book tickets for all events online at or contact NI Hotels Federation directly on 028 9077 6635 if you have any questions.